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Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 288 reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and usability. The design and performance also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the energy efficiency. Many are negative about the connectivity and price.

portability, performance, design, usability, screen

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDriveApple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDrive

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2017)

 

The ever-slim Apple MacBook gets a faster processor and remains a battery life champ, but a persistent dearth of connectivity ports makes it unappealing compared with the similarly priced MacBook Pro and Windows competitors.

Astonishingly thin and light. 15+-hour battery life. Retina display offers crisp text and bright colors.

Connectivity is limited to a single USB port and a headphone jack. Components are not upgradeable after purchase.

Unless you are a Mac user who values portability above all else and are fine with shelling out the extra cash for a dock or adapter, we recommend taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which we'll have a review for in the coming days. If you don't...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook (2017) review

 

Full disclosure: I've had a strong affinity for the 12-inch MacBook since it was originally introduced in 2015. Sure, it was underpowered and had an annoyingly flat keyboard. And it had only a single USB-C port -- then still something of an exotic...

The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance.

Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can't get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors.

With a subtle tweak to the keyboard and better component choices, this cult favorite mini MacBook suddenly feels like it can be your everyday laptop.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2016)

 

The insanely sleek 12-inch MacBook is still the lightest Apple laptop, but competing Windows laptops have caught up in thinness, weight, and screen quality.

Gorgeous, thin build. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Retina Display. 11 hours of battery life. Excellent-sounding speakers. Available in four colors including Rose Gold.

Limited connectivity with a single USB-C port, and no adapters are included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. Shallow keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Internal upgrades can only be made at initial purchase.

Aside from the new Rose Gold option, the new MacBook is visibly unchanged from last year's model, though its new Skylake-based processor improves benchmark performance a bit. But battery life takes a hit due to that faster CPU. You can't deny the sleek...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2015)

 

The 12-inch Apple MacBook is the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, combining the power of OS X with extreme portability and more than 14 hours of battery life.

Incredibly thin. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Excellent battery life in testing. Retina Display. Great-sounding speakers. Available in three colors.

Only one USB-C port, with no adapters included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. New keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Can only be upgraded at initial purchase.

Conclusion The Apple MacBook is certainly an excellent choice if you travel frequently and want to run desktop apps instead of settling for mobile versions. It's lighter and much slimmer than the latest Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, and its battery lasts...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (NotebookReview.com)

Apple MacBook User Review

 

According to online recycling websites this form of plastic has 'long been on environmentalists' hit lists for dispersing widely across the landscape, and for being notoriously difficult to recycle. Most places still don't accept it, though it is...

Solid construction ; Impressive industrial design ; Awesome touch pad ; Excellent keyboard ; Centrino 2 processor ; NVIDIA 9400m

Price – it is $200-300 overpriced in my opinion ; 2GB RAM is low by today's standards ; 160GB HDD is low by today's standards

Keeping the old plastic MacBook model in the lineup as an olive branch to the value conscious is strange. Its $999 price point acknowledges the unrealistic entry price of the new MacBook, but in and of itself is no bargain either. It’s hard to imagine...

Dec, 2008

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook 2007 Model review

 

Editors' Note: This review primarily covers the recent updates to the Apple MacBook line. For a detailed look at the design and features, read our earlier review of the Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz) .

Upgraded CPU for the same price; same great design; built-in Webcam and remote control; adds 802.11n support.

Cutting-edge features are absent, including Intel's new Santa Rosa platform and LED-backlit displays.

Apple's rightfully popular 13-inch MacBook gets a decent incremental upgrade, but we're still looking forward to the next version.

Jun, 2007

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook 2006 Model review

 

Now that the high-end MacBook Pro has Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, it's high time the latest processor technology filtered down to Apple 's more consumer-friendly MacBook line. There are three MacBook models, one with a 1.83GHz CPU and two with 2.0GHz CPUs....

Cheaper than the MacBook Pro, with nearly comparable performance; great design; built-in Webcam and remote control; can run Windows XP via Boot Camp.

No ExpressCard slot or FireWire 800; lacks media card reader; only 90 days of toll-free technical support.

The new MacBook, updated to Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, compares very favorably with Apple's high-end MacBook Pro line, offering premium performance at a reasonable price.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Black

 

A powerful dual-core portable that's big on performance and style.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

Apple MacBook First Thoughts Review (pics, specs)

 

After much anticipation and rumors, the Apple MacBook was released this week by Apple (available via Apple.com now). It is a 13.3" widescreen notebook, the screen is glossy and very nice and bright. It is geared towards those that need to be mobile...

The MacBook is a beautiful piece of hardware, the design and look is fantastic and I really like the keyboard. This is all of course dragged down by the heat and crashing issues I've had so far. However, we'll assume that my early production system...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook (2017) Review and Ratings

 

Apple's updated MacBook gets a performance and battery boost, plus a somewhat better keyboard. It remains impressively slim, with an excellent screen, but we still want more than that one port.

Improved performance and keyboard compared to previous-generation MacBook ; 15-hour battery life ; Excellent Retina display

Still just one USB port (a Type-C that won't fit most existing peripherals) ; Noisy keyboard

For the second year in a row, Apple has done a modest amount of tweaking to its updated MacBook, dropping new low-voltage processors and faster SSDs into the same snazzy, slim, and solid-feeling chassis that debuted in 2015. Color options remain the...

Jul, 2017

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes

Display

HD type:2K Ultra HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Processor

Processor cache type:L2 / L3

Processor special features

Intel HD Graphics: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Storage

Flash drive interface:PCI Express